Android app support comes to Chrome OS
On Thursday, Google announced that its Play Store will now be integrated into Chrome OS, giving all of Google’s Chromebook users instant access to the entire catalog of 1.5 million Android apps. This is a strategic horizontal decision that could potentially give much more value to the company’s cloud-centered OS for students, developers, low-income users and anyone interested in a lightweight, affordable computing option.
Accelerator will move Moore’s Law forward by seven years
On Wednesday at Google’s annual I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, the company went forward and announced a revolutionary new processing accelerator unit for machine learning that is now expected to move a recently-slowing Moore’s Law forward by at least three chip generations, or seven years.
Surface Book 2 will include 4K display, Thunderbolt 3 port
On Thursday, sources within Microsoft’s upstream supply chain have reported that the second-generation refresh to the company’s Surface Book is expected to be delayed. The sources cited “design issues” for the launch setback, indicating that the company could be preparing to redesign some critical areas to the final consumer product before launch.
Scores 134,000 in AnTuTu benchmark, over 3x higher than Tegra K1
On Wednesday, a new Nvidia filing with the FCC surfaced online that shows a new 8-inch device closely resembling the current Shield and Shield K1 tablets based on Kepler GK20A GPUs. The tablet was filed as an application for “SHIELD Tablet” and is expected to feature Nvidia’s newer Maxwell-based GM20B GPU and is based on the Tegra X1 chip, complete with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
ROG Strix is a new series: “The art of expression”
On Tuesday, ASUS announced a new lineup called “ROG Strix,” beginning with the ROG Strix X99 Gaming motherboard. With this series in its ROG brand, the company is focusing heavily on dynamic lighting customization and network priority traffic control, two features that will provide gamers and enthusiasts with color-matching RGB lighting effects to inspire PC design creativity, as well as ultra-low latency multiplayer experiences.
Fully compatible with Haswell-E and Broadwell-E
On Tuesday, ASUS and its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division jointly announced three new Signature series motherboards built for Socket LGA 2011-v3, featuring ASUS exclusive technologies such as “OC Socket,” “Aura” onboard RGB lighting, ThunderboltEX 3, and SafeSlot PCI-Express designs with fortified metal and superior bracket retention mechanisms.
Aims to keep construction costs low, safety a top priority
On Monday, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. (HTT) announced the addition of a new “passive magnetic levitation” system for use with its custom version of the 760-mile per hour high-speed transportation system originally envisioned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Founders Edition means "reference clockspeeds with an upgraded heatsink"
With the launch of Nvidia’s Geforce Pascal lineup this week beginning with Geforce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, some members of the press and enthusiast PC community have been silently unsure about the actual differences between Nvidia’s reference card designs and the alternative Founders Edition models that will cost an extra $70 and $100, respectively.
Flexible, bendable 3D inputs for holographic gaming, videoconferencing
Researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab in Canada have developed a flexible, bendable smartphone that uses light-field arrays to create the effects of “motion parallax” and “stereoscopy” to multiple users without the need for VR headsets or glasses. The device was unveiled today at the 2016 ACM CHI conference on Human-Computer Interaction in San Jose, California.
Intra-ocular device binds to replacement lens capsule inside human eye
Last week, the technologically creative geniuses at Google thought it would be clever to one-up Sony and Samsung’s recent filings for contact lens-integrated wearable PCs and take an approach one step further – perhaps the farthest possible step forward – by filing a patent to inject and integrate an intra-ocular computer directly into the lens capsule of the human eye.